Brrr!! It’s getting cold outside and with the snow, sleet, ice, and wind, there’s a lot to prepare for when it comes to winter weather.
We all have that instant moment of shock when our bodies hit the 10-degree weather. Just like we’re affected by the cold, our dogs are too. Here are a few tips to help you keep your dog safe this winter.
1) Bundle Up:
Despite the popular misconception, fur alone is not enough to protect dogs from the elements. Picture it as if we were to go out in a blizzard in a light jacket. It’s important to make sure that small and short-haired dogs (even large ones) have the appropriate winter wardrobe.
Now’s the perfect time to get that cute dog sweater or jacket to help provide the right layers.
2) Protect The Paws:
Just like putting on an adorable sweater, you’ll want to consider putting on dog boots or paw protectors to keep your pet’s feet safe. Having these ready to go will be especially helpful when icy conditions are present.
3) Limit Time Outside:
Dogs can suffer from frostbite or hypothermia if they are outside in cold weather too long. In the extreme cold, it’s not a bad idea to keep dogs inside but if this isn’t possible, be aware of the major signs of frostbite, which can show when skin appears white or blue.
4) Clean Your Dog’s Feet:
The sidewalks and roads are coated with deicing chemicals such as sodium chloride (rock salt) and calcium chloride. With shoes on, pedestrians are safe but this can damage paw pads.
When returning inside, make sure to wash off your dog’s feet with warm water while reaching spots between the toes and pads. Depending on the dog, moisturizer may also be needed.
5) Talk To Your Vet About Cold Weather Protection:
It’s possible for some medical conditions to worsen as it gets colder out. One condition that is especially sensitive to the cold weather is arthritis because of the direct effect of the cold and increased stiffness.
Having a checkup can help ensure that problems don’t worsen when the temperatures continue to drop. You can also ask any questions regarding winter care for your dog.
Did you know that eighty-five percent of all pets end up with periodontal disease by the time they hit age three?
Dental cleaning for dogs and cats are a vital part in keeping your pet healthy. Without dental care, pets can wind up with bad breath, painful chewing, and even tooth loss. Even worse, without proper dental care, bacteria can grow under the gums and travel to areas such as the heart, kidneys, and liver.
A professional veterinary dental cleaning is the best way to remove tartar and bacteria from teeth and below the gums to help protect your pet’s health. Without this care, periodontal disease is at high risk.
What Does a Dental Cleaning Include?
Our dog and cat dental care includes an ultrasonically scaling and cleaning of not only the surface of the teeth but below the gum line where the majority of bacteria and tartar are found. Once the teeth are cleaned, they are polished to help smooth out the rough surfaces created by the cleaning. The polishing helps ensure that there are no irregular surfaces which bait bacteria and plaque.
To top it off, a fluoride treatment is included to help pets with lasting teeth care.
How Do You Know When Your Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning?
We suggest regular inspection of your pet’s mouth to help catch any dental disease in the early stage. Tartar may appear as a brownish-gold buildup on the teeth which creeps up to the gum-line.
Other signs can include bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, loose or missing teeth, or difficulty chewing.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Cleaning?
Having professional dental cleaning will not only remove the visible plaque and tartar on the teeth but will also remove the bacteria from under the gums. By ridding the bacteria, this will eliminate potential sources of infection to the mouth and other organs and protects your pet from pain and tooth loss.
The Hendersonville Animal Hospital provides dental care services for both dogs and cats. Currently, there is a 25% discount on all dental services provided. Give us a call 615-822-1700 for more information.